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December 18th 2014 01:57
Alliance Française French Film Festival - Short Film Competition

To celebrate its 26th edition in style, the Alliance Française French Film Festival and its supporting partner Peugeot Automobiles Australia are offering aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to not only watch films but to also make them!

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Prepare for a cinematic tour-de-force…

The nation’s most sparkling film event, the Alliance Française French Film Festival, will return for its 26th annual season around Australia from early March until mid-April 2015.

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Screen Australia announced its support of 11 television and film projects. Funding of close to $10.7 million will be allocated to a range of screen stories that will trigger production to the value of nearly $59 million.

Sally Caplan, Screen Australia’s Head of Production, said, “We are thrilled to support such a great range of film businesses and filmmakers making a sensational mix of stories. In this round we will back the story of an iconic Australian entertainer in Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door from the award-winning team behind this year’s highest-rating TV drama, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart. An award was made to creator Shelley Birse and the highly admired team behind the popular political drama series, The Code, for its follow-up series. We are delighted to have multi-award winner of over 56 industry awards, Andrew Knight, on two projects. Andrew will work on one of these projects with The Sapphires director Wayne Blair, who will return to Australia from an international project to take the helm on a charming rom com with the Australian Muslim community at its heart.

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Tropfest announces today Julian Lucas from Elwood in Victoria has won the coveted fruit trophy for Granny Smith. The short film was chosen by an expert panel of five judges - Australian actor Kat Stewart (Offspring’s Billy Proudman); Australian writer Marcus Zusak – writer of The Book Thief; Hannibal, American Horror Story Asylum and Battle Star Galactica producer and film director Michael Rymer; writer of The Sapphires and actor Tony Briggs; as well as legendary film critic Margaret Pomeranz.
Tropfest 2014
John Polsen and the winners of TROPFEST 2014

Jackson Mullane from Cronulla in NSW took home Second Prize with Red Nuts, and Third Prize went to Stuart Bowen, from Newtown in NSW, for Twisted. Best Male Actor was awarded to Kevin McIssac for his role as the down and out husband in Red Nuts, and Best Female Actress went to Caitlin Scullin for her performance as the love-struck Lady of the Manor in A Lady and a Robot. The $3,000 prize for each short film star was generously donated by Nicole Kidman.

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The Other Film Festival presents a unique program of films at UN HQ New York during the United Nations’ Sixth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This July, the world’s leading disability film festival, Australia’s own THE OTHER FILM FESTIVAL, will present a specially-curated program of films at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the annual meeting of the member states of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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The Jury of 35th MIFF announced the names of the winners.

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The 60th Sydney Film Festival wrapped on Sunday 16 June 2013 with the Australian Premiere of the documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, bringing to a close the most highly attended Sydney Film Festival to date.

“Attendances at films and talks grew by 17% to 143,050,” said SFF CEO Leigh Small. “There was also a 22% increase in tickets issued leading to a 20% increase in revenue. Beyond the numbers, the favourable buzz all over the city was palpable – this is an event that Sydney continues to embrace anew each year.”

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The Minister for the Arts, George Souris, today launched a free online publication to celebrate the 60th year of the Sydney Film Festival.

This groundbreaking initiative is a world-first, designed as a digital-only publication with thousands of pages of content and images, creating something so large it could never have been printed.

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Production begins on THE MULE

May 27th 2013 08:59
As principal photography commences on crime drama THE MULE, shooting in Bangkok and Melbourne, Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit, The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) and John Noble (Fringe, The Lord of the Rings) are officially confirmed in the cast.

THE MULE is written by the multi-talented writers, producers, actors, directors and friends Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell (who star together in horror thriller Insidious:Chapter 2 releasing on 3,000 screens in the USA on September 13).

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Russian Resurrection 2013.

May 27th 2013 08:06
With this years website yet to be launched, Here is a sneak preview of whats ahead at the 2013 Russian Film Festival.

It’s time to escape the winter chill and enjoy some warm, proud and passionate Russian cinematic hospitality! The biggest festival of Russian cinema outside of Russia today, the Russian Resurrection Film Festival will kick off on 3rd July in Melbourne, and then roll out to each capital city, showcasing the best of Russian culture in a variety of films ranging from comedies, dramas, thrillers, animations and much more. This year marks the celebration of the tenth annual Russian Resurrection Film Festival. The program includes an array of retrospective films and welcomes award winning director Valery Todorovsky.

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